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Daniel Ireland, BSN, MBA, FACHE

Daniel Ireland, BSN, MBA, FACHE


President and Chief Operating Officer, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, United Memorial, Medical Center

315.462.9561  |  315.332.2022  |  585.343.6030  |

A lifelong resident of Genesee County with over 33 years of healthcare industry experience, Daniel Ireland has had a long and varied career at United Memorial. He began in 1990 as an orderly/medic and progressed to serving as a floor nurse on a medical/surgical unit. He worked as the emergency department nurse manager at the time of the Amtrak train disaster in 1994, as an information technology clinical analyst in 1998, administrative analyst in 2001 and director of quality management in December 2004.

He assumed the administrative duties of ancillary departments and Hope Haven and was promoted to vice president of clinical support services in 2005. He was promoted to president of operations in 2010 and to president in 2014.

He completed his associate’s degee in nursing from Genesee Community College in 1992, his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from SUNY Brockport in 1994 and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997. He is a member of the Leadership Genesee class of 2006 and was a 2007 recipient of Buffalo Business First’s “40 Under 40” award.

He became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2012. Currently, he is enrolled in the doctorate of healthcare administration program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, with an expected date of completion in summer 2024.

Ireland serves on the board of directors for Gilliam-Grant Community Center, GLOW Workforce Development Board and the Genesee-Orleans Council of the Arts.

Jonathan Lawrence, MHA, FACHE

Jonathan Lawrence, MHA, FACHE

Vice Chair, HAWCNY

President and Chief Executive Officer, Arnot Health

607.737.4100  |

Jonathan Lawrence was appointed president and CEO of Arnot Health in June 2018. He began his healthcare career as an emergency medical technician and transitioned to community mental health, where he earned his first appointment in healthcare administration.

Over the last 30 years, Lawrence has led the regional efforts of healthcare provider and payer organizations encompassing the entire continuum of care, in government, private, for-profit and not-for -profit settings. He joined Arnot Health as the chief operating officer in April 2017.

He earned both his Bachelor of Science in health management and policy and his Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lawrence’s current board appointments include Three Rivers Development Corporation, Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, Southern Tier Economic Growth, Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, Inc., Southern Tier Health Care Alliance, Excellus’ Southern Tier Regional Advisory Board, Accountable Health Partners and the CHART Subscriber Advisory Committee.

Andrew L. Davis, MBA

Andrew L. Davis, MBA

Secretary, HAWCNY

Chief Operating Officer, Erie County Medical Center Corporation

716.898.3000  |

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration, financial management and quality care, Andrew Davis serves as chief operating officer of ECMCC. As COO, he is a significant contributor to the development and execution of strategic collaborations and various initiatives ECMCC pursues jointly with healthcare partners Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo.

He has served in a variety of senior management positions in healthcare organizations in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and New York. Prior to joining ECMCC in August 2016, Davis served as interim chief executive officer at United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., a 354-bed acute care hospital and skilled nursing facility. Before that, he was president of Steward Carney Hospital in Massachusetts.

He began his career in the early 1990s as a staff accountant, rising to senior auditor for a CPA firm in Pensacola, FL, whose clients included healthcare facilities, assisted living facilities and nonprofit organizations that received federal funding. Over the next 18 years, Davis served six different healthcare facilities in various financial management capacities, including director of internal audit, assistant controller and chief financial officer, ascending eventually to chief operating officer at Franklin Regional Medical Center in North Carolina and chief executive officer at Sandhills Regional Medical Center and then Davis Regional Medical Center, both in North Carolina.

Since moving to Buffalo, Davis has been instrumental in the continued development of new services for ECMCC and Great Lakes Health. During this time, ECMCC has achieved over $100 million in capital improvements, including opening a state-of-the-art emergency department and the Russell J. Salvatore Atrium, and the comprehensive upgrade of the institution’s exterior façade, including the installation of over 4,400 energy-efficient windows. Davis serves on the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, HEALTHeLINK and Shea’s Performing Arts Center boards. He chairs the Board for Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo and was recognized by Buffalo Business First as a 2022 C-Level Executive Honoree.

Jill Owens, MD

Jill Owens, MD

Treasurer, HAWCNY

President, Upper Allegheny Health System

716.375.6190  |

Dr. Jill Owens was appointed president of Upper Allegheny Health System, which includes Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital, in 2022. Owens has served as chief medical officer and vice president of quality for Upper Allegheny Health System since 2021. A practicing physician for over 20 years, she also serves as medical director for UAHS’ physician networks, including Foothills Medical Group, Bradford Regional Medical Services and Health System Physician, PC.

Before being named CMO for Upper Allegheny, Owens was the vice president of clinical operations and physician relations and interim executive director of UAHS’ physician network. She served as acting medical director of Foothills Medical Group and as associate medical director of BRMC. In addition, she has operated Bradford Family Medicine, Inc., a private family practice, since 2000.

Owens has served on multiple committees/boards and occupied leadership roles over the last 20 years, including the UAHS and BRMC board of directors, board quality, chair of the department of family practice, professional review committee, BRMC medical staff president and vice president roles. She was the 2017 Physician Honoree from the Bradford Hospital Foundation, was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Bradford YMCA and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Owens has held positions on the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s advisory and alumni boards and has volunteered with medical missions and medical explorers. She is a board-certified family physician and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She also serves as the vice chair of the Pennsylvania delegation to the American Medical Association.

She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She went on to complete medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she also served as chief resident. She is a former president of the McKean County Medical Society.

Charles J. Urlaub,

Charles J. Urlaub

Immediate Past Chair, HAWCNY

Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth and New Partnerships, Catholic Health; President, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center

716.862.2400  |  716.297.4800  |  |

Charles J. Urlaub was appointed president at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center in October 2019. This role is in conjunction with his role as senior vice president, partnerships, integration and care delivery, Catholic Health, effective September 2019.

Prior to these roles, Urlaub led Mercy Hospital, in South Buffalo, developing innovative programs and establishing a physician-led capital allocation process. The hospital was the first in the region to build hybrid operation rooms and to establish a robotics program.

Under his leadership, Mercy Hospital was designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received service excellence awards from Health Grades and Gold Plus Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association in a variety of healthcare services.

Before joining Mercy Hospital, Urlaub was the vice president of quality and associate vice president of operations at Buffalo General Health System, vice president of strategic services at Kaleida Health, chief administrative officer at Mercy Health Care Partners in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and interim president at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Warren, Ohio.

Judy Baumgartner,

Judy Baumgartner

President, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park

716.568.3600  |  716.694.4500  |  |

Judy Baumgartner was appointed president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Medical Park in August 2020.

Baumgartner has spent nearly 30 years with Kaleida Health, most recently as president of the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, a $135 million home care program with operations across the eight-county region and in northwestern Pennsylvania. She has also overseen Kaleida’s laboratory division and its inpatient and outpatient pharmacy programs for nearly 10 years. Most recently, Baumgartner successfully led Kaleida Health’s lab testing strategy and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, interfacing with dozens of partners and external constituencies including community hospitals, nursing homes, government entities, physician groups and clinics.

Baumgartner previously served as chief operating officer and director of finance for the VNA. Before that, she served as the director of operations and the director of reimbursement at Children’s Hospital Home Care. She began her career as a staff accountant with Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Baumgartner holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare systems from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

Martin Boryszak, MBA, FACHE

Martin Boryszak, MBA, FACHE

Senior Vice President, Acute Care, Catholic Health; President, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

716.826.7000  |  716.862.1000  |

Martin Boryszak has been the senior vice president of acute services for Catholic Health since 2019 and president of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo since September 2022. Boryszak joined Catholic Health in 2009, first as a director of finance for Sisters of Charity Hospital and in 2012 was named vice president of operations for Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus. He was promoted to chief operating officer overseeing both campuses of Sisters Hospital in 2014 and then president and CEO of Sisters Hospital in 2017.

In March 2020, Boryszak helped lead the transformation of Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus into a dedicated COVID-19 treatment facility, the first of its kind in New York state; he also led Catholic Health’s COVID-19 system-wide response efforts.

Boryszak holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received certification in managing healthcare delivery through the Harvard Business School. He was named by Business First as one of western New York’s “40 under 40” in 2016 for his professional success and community involvement.

Donald Boyd, MBA

Donald Boyd, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaleida Health

716.859.5600  |

Donald Boyd was appointed president and chief executive officer of Kaleida Health in July 2022.

Boyd most recently served as president and chief operating officer. During his time as COO, he also led Kaleida Health’s COVID-19 response.

Before that, Boyd was executive vice president of business development for Kaleida Health, a role he held for 10 years. He built and grew numerous partnerships and affiliations along the way, including Great Lakes Integrated Network, Upper Allegheny Health System, Brooks/TLC Hospital System Inc., Western New York Urology and Great Lakes Cancer Care Collaborative.

Boyd’s move into business development and operational integration came after his stint as president at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. In that role, he helped lead the hospital’s growth, particularly in the vascular service lines such as cardiac, stroke and vascular surgery, plus the integration efforts for what is now the Gates Vascular Institute.

He has been with Kaleida Health since its inception in 1998. He previously served as vice president for ambulatory services and business development, director of ambulatory services, manager of quality improvement and director of Kaleida Health’s ambulatory surgery center in Williamsville.

Boyd has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in corporate finance and healthcare systems management from the University at Buffalo. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in community mental health and psychology from UB.

Rodney Buchanan, MSN, RN, CFRN

Rodney Buchanan, MSN, RN, CFRN

Administrator, Westfield Memorial Hospital

716.326.4921  |

Allegheny Health Network named Rodney Buchanan hospital administrator for AHN Westfield Memorial Hospital in November 2021. Buchanan had served as interim administrator since July 2021.

Buchanan graduated from the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Grand Canyon University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing from that institution.

Buchanan previously served as nursing director at AHN Saint Vincent, where he managed emergency services, behavioral health and respiratory therapy. He previously managed critical care services, the cardiac intensive care unit, cardiovascular ICU and the telemetry floors. Prior to Saint Vincent, he was active in emergency medical services and worked as a flight nurse for ten years serving the western Pennsylvania and New York regions.

Buchanan was named Allegheny Health Network Nurse Leader of the Year in 2019 and Saint Vincent Hospital Nurse Leader of the Year in 2017.

Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD, EdM

Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD, EdM

Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Regional Health

585.922.4000  |

A native of the Finger Lakes, Dr. Richard “Chip” Davis came to Rochester Regional Health in 2022 from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as senior vice president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System’s South Market and Henry Ford Hospital. With more than 33,000 employees, Henry Ford Health System is the fifth-largest employer in metro Detroit and among the most diverse.

Davis’ responsibilities as a CEO at Henry Ford included providing strategic leadership and direction over the clinical operations of the market and leading new clinical, academic and commercial partnerships. He worked closely with clinical and service line leaders to enhance coordination between primary care networks and specialty services. He had oversight of more than 100 care delivery locations, including two hospitals and over $2.5 billion in net patient revenue.

While at Henry Ford, Davis led an initiative to create a state-of-the-art Health System Central Command Center to coordinate transfers, admissions and discharges across all hospital facilities. He was also instrumental in helping broker a 30-year definitive agreement for Michigan State University to become the main academic partner for the health system and worked on the team to implement the first hospital-at-home program in the state of Michigan.

Before joining Henry Ford, Davis spent more than 25 years with Johns Hopkins University, most recently as president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he established a first-of-its-kind healthcare improvement accelerator in a community hospital. Davis was also the vice president of innovation and patient safety for JHU, ran ambulatory operations and led several transformational efforts for the academic medical system. He was on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Business School.

Davis received his PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He also has a master’s degree in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Wendy Disbrow, MBA, RN

Wendy Disbrow, MBA, RN

President and Chief Executive Officer, St. James Hospital

607.247.2200  |

Wendy Disbrow was appointed president and chief executive officer of St. James Hospital in July 2022, after serving in an interim capacity beginning in March 2022.

Disbrow recently served as vice president, physician network, for Finger Lakes Health, which operates Geneva General Hospital and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital (Penn Yan), among other community healthcare services. Other previous positions include chief administrative officer for FLH Medical PC, a multi-specialty physician group, and administrator for Interlakes Orthopaedic Surgery, both in Geneva. She has more than 15 years of experience in nursing staff and nurse-manager roles.

Teresa Donohue,

Teresa Donohue

Chief Executive Officer, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

716.592.2871  |

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital promoted Teresa Donohue to chief executive officer in November 2022. Donohue had served since 2009 as chief financial officer for Bertrand Chaffee and its onsite nursing home, the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, responsible for financial operations and strategic planning and growth.

Donohue holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Utica College. She has 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, including work in home care, nursing homes, primary care and hospital services.

Donohue co-wrote the grant request to the Department of Health that resulted in an $11.3 million transformation grant to build the Bertrand Chaffee Health Center and fund new mammography and nuclear medicine equipment and an electronic health records system.

Brian Durniok, MBA

Brian Durniok, MBA

President, UPMC Chautauqua

716.664.8300  |

Brian Durniok was appointed president of UPMC Chautauqua in January 2019. As president of UPMC Northwest since 2017, he increased operating revenue, oversaw the successful Joint Commission tri-annual survey, recruited multiple new specialty physicians and led the introduction of UPMC’s patient experience initiative, resulting in multiple increased key indicators.

From 2014 to 2017, Durniok was president of operations at UPMC Northwest and vice president, human resources. During this time, his accomplishments included assisting the president with day-to-day operational oversight, helping reduce turnover to the lowest within the UPMC system, and facilitating the introduction of new hospitalist, emergency department and anesthesia services.

Durniok received a Master of Business Administration at Baker College in Flint, Michigan, and his undergraduate degree at Theil College. He is an executive board member at Northwest Foundation and Venango Nurses Association in Pennsylvania.

Steven Goldstein,

Steven Goldstein

President and Chief Executive Officer, Strong Memorial and Highland Hospital

585.275.2100  |  585.473.2200  |

Steven Goldstein is chief executive officer of Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital, vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center and president of long-term care at URMC.

Goldstein is a professor of community and preventive medicine at the URMC School of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition, he has been an American Hospital Association trustee since 2012 and served as a past chair of the Healthcare Association of New York State.

Before joining Strong Memorial, Goldstein was an executive at Rochester General Hospital, The Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, University of Nebraska Hospitals and Clinics, and the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute

Goldstein directs all aspects of Strong Memorial Hospital’s operations and leads the effort to prepare the healthcare system to succeed in a managed care environment. He also directs all managed care activities at Strong and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s affiliates.

James Helms, FHFMA, CPA

James Helms, FHFMA, CPA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Jones Memorial Hospital

585.593.1100  |

James Helms was appointed CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital in 2021. He is a strategic leader and administrator, working within larger healthcare systems to financially stabilize operations, increase patient access to services and improve quality of care across multiple facilities.

Helms has extensive knowledge of healthcare systems and hospital finances to direct strategic alignment toward mutually beneficial outcomes. He regularly advocates on regulatory issues affecting healthcare funding. He also served over two decades in the U.S. Army Reserves, working throughout global areas of operations to extend command influence, assess morale of the force and provide optimal support during critical events.

Helms is recognized for strengths in petitioning for grant funding, leading the charge to turn around negative performance and adhere to the highest standards of ethical and moral conduct, acting in the best interest of the hospital, and fully supporting the hospital’s mission, vision and values.

Beth Hughes, MHA

Beth Hughes, MHA

President, Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute

716.859.5600  |

Beth Hughes was appointed president of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute in October 2022.

Hughes most recently served as president of MercyOne’s Western Iowa region, where she provided strategic, operational and financial direction for the health system’s region that includes MercyOne Siouxland and Medical Center, physician joint-venture Dunes Surgical Hospital, three critical access hospitals, a primary care network, specialty clinics, home health, hospice, an accountable care organization, a joint venture cancer center, the only Level II Trauma Center in western Iowa (one of only two in the state) and MercyOne Air Care.

Hughes joined Kaleida Health and western New York as a homecoming of sorts, having spent the early part of her career as administrator of the cardiac program at Millard Fillmore Hospitals, a two-hospital, 600-bed integrated system affiliated with University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, before they became part of Kaleida Health.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a master’s degree in health administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

James Kennedy,

James Kennedy

Vice President, Government Affairs and Board, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

716.845.2300  |

Norma Kerling, RN

Norma Kerling, RN

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Clinical Officer, Cuba Memorial Hospital

585.968.2000  |

David Kobis, FACHE

David Kobis, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming County Community Health System

585.786.8940  |

David Kobis was named chief executive officer of Wyoming County Community Health System in May 2022. He is an experienced hospital executive and healthcare leader specializing in operational and strategic transformations of acute, ambulatory and post-acute organizations.

He has more than 30 years of wide-ranging and diverse industry experience, including roles as a hospital CEO and president, health system chief operating officer, chief integration officer and management consultant. His expertise includes operations management and performance improvement, distressed asset management, mergers and acquisitions, system integration, behavioral health/addiction medicine, rural healthcare, physician practice management and post-acute care.

Before joining WCCHS, Kobis worked extensively with financially distressed hospitals and health systems in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island, leading financial and operating turnaround efforts, improving quality, patient safety and resolving regulatory accreditation challenges.

Kobis attended the University of Richmond, where he received his degree in business administration, and Ohio State University, where he received his Master of Business Administration. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous boards, including HAWCNY and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in the state of Florida.

Frank Korich, MBA, FACHE

Frank Korich, MBA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer, Finger Lakes Health

315.787.4000  |

Before serving as chief operating officer at Finger Lakes Health, Frank Korich served as senior vice president of operations, vice president and site administrator. Before that, he was the administrative director of cardiopulmonary services, imaging and scheduling at Geneva General Hospital.

Korich has a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Muhlenberg College.

Korich is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on several hospital and living center boards of directors.

Walter Ludwig,

Walter Ludwig

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

716.447.6100  |

Walter Ludwig has been president of Kenmore Mercy Hospital since January 2018. He joined Catholic Health in November 2009 as chief operating officer at Kenmore Mercy.

Ludwig’s initial training was as a pharmacist, with his first leadership role as the director of pharmacy services at Children’s Hospital. After earning his Master of Business Administration from the University of Buffalo, he was promoted to various administrative and leadership roles in the Kaleida Health system and served at both DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

He has also worked for a regional business collaborative owned by western New York hospitals to develop a regional laundry for all area hospitals. He also worked with UNYTS (ConnectLife) to develop their local blood bank program and completed many projects that provided business opportunities for local healthcare systems. He has worked in the local healthcare market for over 35 years.

In addition to his work life, Ludwig has volunteered in his communities serving on the boards of the KenTon Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of the Tonawandas, Community Connections of NY, UNYTS, and currently serves on the board of the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. He is an adjunct faculty member in the UB School of Public Health.

Joyce Markiewicz,

Joyce Markiewicz

President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health System

716.862.2400  |

Joyce Markiewicz assumed her role as president and CEO of Catholic Health in September 2023. She began her career as a registered nurse before assuming successive leadership positions in leading home healthcare organizations. Markiewicz joined Catholic Health in 2005 as vice president of home care operations and was promoted to president and CEO of home care the following year after orchestrating a turnaround, leading to double-digit growth for the division.

Soon after, she was named president and CEO of home- and community-based care, assuming added responsibility for the system’s nursing homes and Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly services, and subsequently for women’s, orthopedic, imaging and laboratory services. Markiewicz was named executive vice president at Catholic Health in 2015, before being named executive vice president and chief business development officer in 2019.

Markiewicz’s career at Catholic Health has been marked by many trailblazing accomplishments. She is leading the development of Lockport Memorial Hospital, sustaining healthcare for thousands of area residents. She is also responsible for the development of the Sisters Health Center and Food Farmacy at the D’Youville Health Hub, expansion of the system’s Home Care Pharmacy and the creation of its Specialty Pharmacy, and the launch of THRIVE, a unique program to recruit, retain and support frontline caregivers in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, Ascension Michigan and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Kenneth Morris, MBA

Kenneth Morris, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Brooks-TLC Hospital System

716.366.1111  |

Kenneth Morris joined Brooks-TLC Hospital System in 2018 as vice president of operations. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2020 and then to CEO in 2022.

With 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, he most recently served as director of the North Texas Division of Neuroscience and Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System, Dallas, Texas. Before that, he served as an assistant vice president for Atrium Health’s 36-hospital system in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Morris holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Bachelor of Science in health administrative services from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Marc Shurtz,

Marc Shurtz

Chief Executive Officer, Orleans Community Health

585.798.8100  |

Marc Shurtz is CEO of Orleans Community Health and has served Orleans Community Health as chief information officer and corporate compliance officer since 2014. He brings 20 years of management experience spanning military, legal and healthcare backgrounds.

Shurtz grew up in Michigan and moved to western New York after serving in the Navy for 13 years. He was drawn to the healthcare field because he finds it extremely rewarding to have a positive effect on the community every day.

Prior to his move to Orleans Community Health, Shurtz worked for a large law firm in Buffalo for more than 10 years.

Tammy Snyder, MPH

Tammy Snyder, MPH

President and Chief Operating Officer, Rochester General Hospital

585.922.4000  |

Tammy Snyder was appointed president and chief operating officer of Rochester General Hospital in May 2023.

Before that, she served as the chief administrative officer for the department of medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. In that role, she was responsible for managing the administrative and business activities within the department, including finance, accounting, research administration, clinical operations, capital planning, academic appointments and education. Snyder had oversight for 1,600 full-time employees, including 500 attending physicians who work within 16 sub-specialties at four hospitals throughout New York City.

Snyder started her career as an administrative fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2008. After completing her two-year fellowship, she held administrative roles within Johns Hopkins Medicine, including assistant administrator for the department of radiation oncology and administrator for cardiology, as well as chief of staff for the COO and vice president of medical affairs. From 2015 to 2021, she served as the chief administrative officer for the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

Snyder holds a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in health policy and administration from Yale University’s School of Public Health.

She has been actively involved in community service over the last 11 years, serving on the board of My Sister’s Circle from 2011 to 2015 and the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House from 2021 to 2023. She joined the board of the Rochester Ronald McDonald House in June 2023.

Michael F. Stapleton, Jr.,

Michael F. Stapleton, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Thompson Health

585.396.6000  |

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives known for his energy and his ability to connect with people, Michael Stapleton provides comprehensive leadership for UR Medicine Thompson Health, an integrated community healthcare system serving four counties in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Named by Becker’s Hospital Review to the 2022 list of “Community Hospital CEOs to Know,” he has a passion for quality improvement, building customer loyalty, strengthening brand identity and recruiting highly competent professionals and physicians.

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Oswego and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. John Fisher University, Stapleton holds a Master in Leadership of Healthcare Systems from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. In 2007, after 13 years in various capacities at the University of Rochester Medical Center, he became the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Lakeside Health System in Brockport, New York, where he assumed the role of CEO in 2008.

Stapleton first joined Thompson as executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2011, becoming president and CEO in 2012. He helped lead the health system through its 2012 affiliation with URMC and continues optimizing patient care by establishing Thompson as a regional referral option, partnering with URMC for convenient access to specialists and load balancing.

His professional affiliations include serving on the boards of the Healthcare Association of New York State, HAWCNY and Accountable Health Partners. He is the past chair of the Pandion Optimization Alliance and a past member of the American Hospital Association Region 2 Policy Board. Stapleton also serves on the boards of directors for St. John Fisher University and Mercy Flight Central, where he recently completed a three-year term as chair.

J. Chad Teeters, MD, MBA, MS, FACC

J. Chad Teeters, MD, MBA, MS, FACC

President and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital

585.335.6001  |

Dr. J. Chad Teeters was appointed president and chief executive officer of Nicholas H. Noyes Health in May 2021. Previously, he joined Highland Hospital’s cardiology division in 2009 and served as chief of cardiology. He holds advanced certification in vascular ultrasound and interpretation and has a special interest in peripheral arterial disease. He also specializes in non-invasive cardiology, including echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and nuclear cardiac imaging. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Teeters received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and preventive cardiology at the University of Rochester. He joined the faculty in 2009.

His research interests focus on peripheral arterial disease and the associated cardiovascular risk, with particular interest in emerging technologies in vascular ultrasound and translation into diagnosis of vascular disease and risk assessment.

The geriatric population is the fastest-growing population in the United States and there is an increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease among these patients. Teeters’ research interests relate to diagnosing cardiovascular disease in the elder population and proper application of treatment protocols to the geriatric community.

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

President, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

716.323.2000  |

Dr. Stephen Turkovich was named president of Oishei Children’s Hospital in November 2022. Turkovich previously served as chief medical officer at Oishei, commencing in September 2021. In that role, he led the hospital’s day-to-day medical affairs and physician leaders and an ambulatory enterprise to promote growth of service lines and strengthen the hospital’s relationship with physicians at the University at Buffalo and in the community.

Turkovich previously served as vice president and chief medical officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital, since July 2014. Before that, he was quality and patient safety officer and the co-medical director of the newborn nursery.

A resident of Buffalo, Turkovich received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and his medical degree from the University at Buffalo. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Rochester, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. He currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for UB.

Turkovich has won numerous awards and honors, including the Business First “Healthcare 50” designation and the UB School of Medicine’s “Medical Alumni Award for Community Service and Commitment.” He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Paul VerValin, FACHE, FACMPE

Paul VerValin, FACHE, FACMPE

President, Guthrie Corning Hospital

607.937.7200  |

Paul VerValin has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, currently as president, Guthrie Corning Hospital, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, The Guthrie Clinic. Prior to Guthrie, he was president and chief administrative officer of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and served as a senior leader of the Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Georgia.

Before Northeast Georgia Health System, VerValin was president and chief operating officer of North Shore Physicians Group and vice president of physician services for North Shore Medical Center, a division of Mass General Brigham in Boston. He also held key leadership roles within The Guthrie Clinic from 1994 to 2004.

VerValin received his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Fredonia and his Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Elizabeth Weir, MSN, RN

Elizabeth Weir, MSN, RN

Site Administrator, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital/Arnot Health

607.776.8500  |

Elizabeth Weir has been site administrator and vice president of nursing at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital/Arnot Health since March 2018. Her previous experience includes service line administration for Ira Davenport’s emergency department and hospitalist medicine, director of multiple medical surgical nursing units, chair of system-level quality and shared governance committees, and critical care educator for senior nursing students.

Weir holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Norwich University in Vermont and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY College at Brockport. She has over 20 years of diverse nursing and leadership experience. Her board of directors’ service includes St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, Keuka Health Care Foundation and Steuben County Advisory Council on Substance Free Living.

Weir is passionate about caring for the community members of rural Steuben County. Working to provide access to critical healthcare, she led initiatives to expand telemedicine, and secure accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center for the Ira Davenport Hospital. A focus on quality at each step of a patient’s visit has led to significant improvement in patient experience and quality metric scores.